Those of you who are members of the Society will have received your
directory form and ballot for the Bylaws Amendment in the mail late last
month. (The amendment would raise the size of the Council of Stewards, the
Society's governing body, from a range of 8-11 to a range of 10-13.
California state law dictates the width of the range of a corporate board,
and prohibits the board from changing that range without approval of the
Probably most of you have sent in the ballot already - it's due the end of
February - but I wish to make these comments anyway.
This former Steward (19 years of service on Council, 1980-99) is not
convinced by the arguments in favor given on the ballot, and would have put
questions and objections had I been able to attend the Business Meeting at
Mythcon, or even had I known the issue would be raised then.
1) It is hard enough to find volunteers to fill ten slots as it is. To
make this a minimum only increases the problem.
2) True, we need more volunteers to work for the Society. That doesn't
mean we'll get them. The argument in favor notes the urgent need for a
Society Publicist. I agree. But we've needed one, and been looking for
one, for 15 years!
3) Rather than increasing the number of workers with Stewardships, I would
have thought there were one or two Stewards who would be just as happy to
do their jobs while being relieved of the duty of attending Council.
Folding their responsibilities in under other departments would not
necessarily deprive their work of representation on Council. Indeed, in
recent years we've been moving towards a true departmental system, where
multiple people work together on related tasks, one of whom speaks for the
whole at Council. Nor is Council so isolated a body that this is unfair to
the people who aren't there.
I am casting my vote "No" on this amendment.